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Smith to bow out of mayoral race

Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith

ALBANY — Just one week before the qualifying period begins for the office of Albany mayor, one of the people who had pledged to seek the office is dropping out of the contest.

Kirk Smith’s campaign manager told The Albany Herald on Monday that Smith will officially drop out of the race later this week at a planned news conference.

Smith, restaurant owner B.J. Fletcher, Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard and former state representative John White had announced campaigns to replace Albany Mayor Willie Adams, who is retiring in December after two terms.

It’s Smith’s second short-lived campaign for public office.

In 2009, Smith briefly tossed his hat in the ring to run for Dougherty County sheriff, but also withdrew before qualifying for the seat.

The mayor’s race is one four seats that are up for grabs at the City Commission table this year.

Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard — a 16-year veteran of the commission and its senior member — is seeking re-election. As is Ward IV Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta, who will formally announce his plans this morning at the government plaza.

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell announced last week that he will seek another term.

When Hubbard qualifies to run for mayor, she’ll have to vacate her seat on the commission. The city should be able to meet the requirements that will allow it to include that Ward II vacancy on the November ballot.